2014 CIS Football Player to Watch: Joey Cupido, McMaster Marauders

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Source: Bill Malley, McMaster SportsInfo

Name: Joey Cupido
University: McMaster
Hometown: Hamilton, Ont.
High school / Cegep: St. Jean de Brebeuf
Position: Cornerback
Academic program: Kinesiology
Year of eligibility: 5
Height: 5-11
Weight: 175

Key stats 2013: Missed most of the 2013 seasondue to injury in opening game.
Awards & honours (since start of CIS career):2012-OUA 1st team All-star and CIS 1st team All-Canadian, 2010- OUA2nd team All-star

Joey Cupido returns to the Marauder line-up after missing nearlyall of the 2013 season due to an injury suffered in theteam’s opening game win over Ottawa. His absence waskeenly felt as he was coming off a 2012 campaign that saw him nameda first-team All-Canadian, helping McMaster to a second straightOUA title and a berth in the Vanier Cup.

Over his varsity career Cupido has been an extraordinaryballhawk from his cornerback position and he tied the CIS recordfor most interceptions in a playoff game, picking off four passesin a 2011 Marauder semi-final victory over Queen’s.

A Hamilton native, Cupido came to McMaster as a multi-sportcompetitor, and he continues to demonstrate his athletic prowess asa professional lacrosse player while continuing as a McMasterstudent. Selected in the 2012 entry draft by the Colorado Mammoths,Cupido was named a member of the National Lacrosse League (NLL)All-Rookie team. His accolades as a pro lacrosse player nicelymirror the recognition he has received for his exploits on thegridiron.

Looking to end his CIS career on a high note, Cupido is one offour 5th-year seniors that have been teammates through thechampionship campaigns, and who will patrol the McMaster secondarytogether in 2013. As a former All-Canadian, he is beingcounted on to be a team leader and stabilizing influence asMcMaster strives to get back to the big game in 2014.

“12 career playoff interceptions in 12 career playoffgames is the best statistic to explain who Joey Cupido has been forthe McMaster Marauders over the past four seasons,” exclaimedMarauder coach Stefan Ptaszek. “Joey is a pureplay-maker who deserves to be recognized as one of the best biggame performers in our school’s history. It’s extremelyexciting to have him back for his final year at McMaster, and hewill lead a veteran group that is determined to get back to theYates Cup and beyond.”

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